Strategies Toward Emancipation, 2016, Denny Gallery, New York, NY

Co-curated as Present Futures with Lynnette Miranda, Suhaly Bautista-Carolina, Teal Baskerville, and Henry Murphy, this exhibition took place over several weeks at a pop-up space in New York’s Chinatown in partnership with Denny Gallery. Strategies Toward Emancipation featured artists Pamela Council, Ivan Forde, Jazmine (JT) Green, Tiona McClodden, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, J. Soto, and Diamond Stingily.

In moments of injustice, how do we think about the future when the present is so daunting and fraught? Present Futures: Strategies Toward Emancipation brought together artists and cultural producers whose practices and work are grounded in the present moment while generating and expanding artistic strategies for making change.

Related events included:
  • Black Study & Radical Thought, a roundtable with Teal Baskerville and Lynnette Miranda
  • Staying Woke Inside the Arts Nonprofit, an open discussion with Teal Baskerville, Suhaly Bautista-Carolina, Lynnette Miranda, and Henry Murphy
  • a reading by Diamond Stingily
  • If I Ruled The World: The Future of Black/Brown Leadership, a conversation with Teal Baskerville and Lynnette Miranda
  • Black Sounds, a collaborative lecture by Henry Murphy
  • Unlearning and Teaching Toward Freedom, a roundtable with Lynnette Miranda
  • a poetry reading and open mic night facilitated by Suhaly Bautista-Carolina
  • Institutional Accountability and Strategizing for Radical Accessibility, a discussion led by #MUSEUMWORKERSSPEAK
  • Afrofuturism Book Club facilitated by Suhaly Bautista-Carolina
  • Decentering the Archives: Contemporaneity Through the Historical Margins, a conversation led by Megan Williams